Education Reform Hub Monthly: February 2015 Issue


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Welcome to the 
Education Reform Hub Monthly!

This monthly update from the U.S. Department of Education will alert readers to new resources that inform policy and practice across several areas of education reform. 

Highlighted Resources

Reform Integration Framework and Resource Guide


The Reform Support Network (RSN) recently published a guide that offers State and local education leaders a framework for integrating new college- and career-ready standards, next generation assessments and educator evaluation and support systems. Co-developed by a number of States in the RSN, the Reform Integration Framework and Resource Guide also offers access to a library of resources and descriptions of State approaches.  The RSN’s webinar on the Reform Integration Framework and Resource Guide is now available online.

Webinar on Streamlining Assessments

Streamlining Assessments Webinar

Parents, teachers and students have both the right and the need to know how much progress all students are making each year toward college- and career-readiness. At the same time, as recently noted by Secretary Duncan, “In many places, the amount of testing that is redundant or simply not helpful for instruction has become a real problem.”

In response to concerns about the over-testing of students, the RSN hosted a webinar on “streamlining assessments” that showcased how Connecticut and New York, together with their districts, are working to address this issue. 

The hour-long webinar focused on strategies and resources States and districts can use to: 

  • Survey the current assessment landscape within their districts and schools
  • Identify and eliminate assessments that are redundant or that do not contribute to teaching and learning
  • Identify the quality of assessments and move toward a better balance of question types 

If you are interested in accessing any of the resources featured on the webinar, including a list of guiding questions that States and districts can use to begin a process to streamline assessments, please contact Jamila Smith


PROGRESS: The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative

PROGRESS Ohio Appalachian Collaborative

The Ohio Appalachian Collaborative, a group of 21 school districts in southeast Ohio, used Race to the Top funds to provide professional learning opportunities to teachers and increase the number of advanced classes available to students, according to PROGRESS, a U.S. Department of Education blog. Teachers learned about formative assessments, the use of value-added test data to inform instruction, college and career readiness planning, and change leadership. They also are able to connect with peers in other districts to whom they can turn when they have questions.

From Good to Great: A Study of Teacher Perspectives on Factors Influencing Effectiveness

From Good to Great: A Study of Teacher Perspectives on Factors Influencing Effectiveness

This 2014 report offers the findings from a survey of more than 300 National and State Teachers of the Year. From Good to Great: A Study of Teacher Perspectives on Factors Influencing Effectiveness offers the insights of exemplary teachers about the professional experiences and support that enabled them to achieve excellence. Published by the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, the report features teachers reflecting on their career paths from preparation through mastery and into retirement. 


This month we highlight new resources from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Explore toolkits, practical guides, case studies, summary briefs and highlights on key topics and issues that States identify as important to their work at the U.S. Department of Education’s Reform Support Network resources webpage.  

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